A loan of $750 helped to buy "pagnes' (colorful African cloth).

Salimata's story

Mrs. Salimata Sangaré is a 43 year old window, and the mother of 4 children. She lives with her children in her late husband's house in the Torakabougou neighborhood of Bougouni.

It was after her husband's death that she decided to take up income-producing activities, in particular, buying and selling "pagnes" (colorful African cloth) in order to meet her needs and those of the children. She learnt the business from her sister. With 6 years of experience, she knows the business well.

To have a steady amount of working capital, she decided to take a loan with Soro Yiriwaso to buy "pagnes." This is her first experience with Soro Yiriwaso. She obtains her supplies in Bamako (capital of the Republic of Mali). Her customers are women. Mrs. Sangaré sells her merchandise in different areas of Bougouni, usually on foot and on credit payable by the day, the week or month. She expects to make a monthly profit of 75,000 CFA francs, and plans to expand her business.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Puchner

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